Neymar Ready to Lead Barcelona in Absence of Messi and Suarez

Neymar Ready to Lead Barcelona in Absence of Messi and Suarez

Barcelona will travel to Bilboa on Wednesday 20, 2016 to face Athletic in the first leg of the Copa del rey quarterfinals. While the Blaugrana managed to destroy their Basque opponents, 6-0, at the Camp Nou on Sunday 24, 2016 those expecting an easy ride in their upcoming clash could not possibly be more wrong, stated espn.go.com.

Athletic are the only club alongside Barcelona and Real Madrid to have played every Primera Division season since the competition started in 1928, a fact which is clearly exemplifies their club’s continued success, ultra competitive attitude and undeterred winning spirit. With that in mind, the Bluagrana better be ready for a titanic, physical battle at the San Mames, reported espn.go.com.

Barca have only played five matches without Messi and Suarez since the Uruguayan joined from liverpool back in the summer 2014 and.interestingly. they have achieved a total of four wins and a draw, scored 22 goals and only conceded twice in the process. Although they faced second and even third-tier teams such as Huesca, Eleche, and Villanovense in those games, it is reassuring to know that the team was capable of successfully completing the job in hand without the two of the best forwards in the world football, stated cbssports.com.

In normal circumstances, Messi’s likely absence would not be a huge problem given the excellent performances which both Neymar and Luis Suarez have delivered whenever their No. 10 has been unavailable this season. However, the two-match ban that the Uruguayan striker picked up in the previous round means that Neymar will miss both his South American partners in crime on Wednesday.